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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 25, 1996


President Clinton today nominated Richard A. Paez to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Paez, 48, is currently a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Previously, he served for over a decade as a judge on the Los Angeles Municipal Court, winning reelection on two separate occasions. During his tenure on the Municipal Court, Paez was selected by his fellow judges to serve as the Presiding Judge. He has also sat, by designation, on the Superior Court and the California Court of Appeal. In addition, Paez was extremely active on a number of judicial committees, often serving at the request of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Before taking the bench, Paez was an attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, serving initially as Senior Counsel and later as Acting Executive Director and Director of Litigation. He also spent several years early in his career as a staff attorney with the Western Center on Law and Poverty in the San Joaquin Valley and with California Rural Legal Assistance.

Paez, who was born and raised in Utah, earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall (University of California).

Paez and his wife, Dianne Marie Erickson, have two children and reside in Los Angeles. Upon confirmation, Paez would become one of 28 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears cases from Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Washington.

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